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EDWARDS, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910-1976); Knight, Professor of Commerce and industrialist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 EDWARDS

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: EDWARDS, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910-1976); Knight, Professor of Commerce and industrialist

Date(s): 1920s-1980s

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 80 boxes

Name of creator(s): Edwards | Sir | Ronald Stanley | 1910-1976 | Knight | Professor of Commerce and industrialist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Ronald Edwards was Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, in Business Administration with special reference to Accounting at the London School of Economics (LSE), 1935-1940. During World War Two, he worked in the Ministry of Aircraft Production. In 1946 he returned to LSE as Sir Ernest Cassel Reader in Commerce, becoming a Professor in 1949. He was Deputy Chairman (1957-1961), then Chairman (1962-1968) of the Electricity Council; Chairman (1968-1975), then President (1975-1976) of Beecham Group Ltd; Director, ICI Ltd, 1969-1976; Director, Hill Samuel Group, 1974-1976; and, Chairman of British Leyland Ltd, 1975-1976. He was a member of several other bodies too, including the Advisory Council of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1949-1954; the University Grants Committee, 1955-1964; the National Economic Development Council, 1964-1968; and, the British Airways Board, 1971-1976. He chaired the Government committee of inquiry into the civil air transport industry, 1967-1969. He was a Governor of LSE, 1968-1976.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, lecture notes, subject files, personal papers and other documents belonging to Sir Ronald Edwards, [1920-1980]. Includes papers of, or relating to: Accounting Research Association, 1935-1937; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Advisory Council papers, including the Industrial Grants Committee and various Industrial Research Associations; University Grants Committee (late 1950s-1964); British Leyland, 1975-1976.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

List of file titles available from Archives staff.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Mainly unknown (presumably from Edwards himself or from the family). Some additional material deposited in 2007 via Margaret Ackrill.


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2008

Academic teaching personnel | Teachers | Educational personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Administrative structure | Administration | Organisation and management

Personal names
Edwards | Sir | Ronald Stanley | 1910-1976 | Knight | professor of commerce and industrialist

Corporate names
Accounts Research Association
British Leyland
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Industrial Grants Committee
UGC | University Grants Committee x University Grants Committee